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Architect sought for £4m Stafford heritage centre

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Staffordshire County Council is on the hunt for an architect to design a £4 million heritage centre in Stafford

The winner of the estimated £300,000 contract will develop the Staffordshire Heritage Centre scheme from RIBA Stage 1 to 7.

The project will create a two-storey atrium linking the existing Staffordshire Record Office and the Grade II*-listed William Salt Library on Eastgate Street.

In its brief, Staffordshire County Council says it is ‘looking to appoint an architect-led design consultancy team with specialist skills, experience and knowledge to support us with the development of capital works for the HLF Round 2 bid preparation.

‘We expect the appointed design team to work closely with the Staffordshire Archives and Heritage team, key stakeholders and other project consultants such those engaged in preparing the business plan and activity and conservation plans in order to develop a design proposal for capital works to achieve our 10-year vision for the service.’

The new facility will deliver an expanded archive for Staffordshire’s historic documents alongside an exhibition space, modern search rooms, a study area and a secure storage areas for 25 years of future collections.

The ground floor of the William Salt Library, which occupies an 18th-century town house, will be used for the heritage centre, while the upper floors will be let out to business start-ups and freelancers. A neighbouring cottage may also be converted for residential use. The project is planned to complete in 2020. 

The Heritage Lottery Fund refused an earlier funding bid for the project because it needed a ‘much better overall vision to demonstrate how the public could be encouraged to engage with the fantastic collection of archives more clearly’.

The deadline for applications is noon, 13 January.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Matthew Sutton
Staffordshire County Council
Two Staffordshire Place
ST16 2DH

Tel: +44 1785854648
Email: matthew.sutton@staffordshire.gov.uk
Fax: +44 1785854660


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